July 14, 1818

General Nathaniel Lyon was born on this day. He was killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, making him the first Union general to fall during the Civil War.


April 29, 1898

Missouri was requested to provide five regiments of infantry and one battery of light artillery for the Spanish-American War. 


February 20, 1848

Birthday of Uriel Sebree, in Fayette, Missouri. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet, Arctic Explorer, Governor of American Samoa.


January 11, 1944

Missourian James H. Howard got separated from his fighter group and, all alone, attacked a German flight of thirty planes.


January 8, 1863

The Second Battle of Springfield was fought during the Civil War.


October 11, 1946

In honor of the brave leader of the "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" Centerville (west of Rolla on Route 66) was re-named for the leader of the raid, St. Louis oil executive, Jimmy Doolittle. General Doolittle himself was there for the ceremony. 


July 26, 1948

President Harry Truman did away with segregation in the military with executive order 9981, making it a model for the rest of society.


July 24, 1897

Nineteen soldiers from the 25th U.S. Infantry arrived in St. Louis after riding their bicycles from Missoula, Montana. They were trying to prove the increased mobility of infantry using bikes. The Japanese Infantry actually had great success with bikes forty years later in Southeast Asia.


April 27, 1822

Birthday of President, General, and adoptive Missourian Hiram Ulysses Grant (aka Ulysses S. Grant).


March 13, 1861

Nathaniel Lyon took command of the St. Louis Arsenal on this day.